iTAB Stars

iTAB Stars Winners Wall


Jamie Gane

Destination Basingstoke have nominated local adaptive athlete, Jamie Gane, for an iTAB Stars Award for ‘inspiring many’ with his grit and determination.

Jamie developed a chronic pain condition in childhood and hadn’t walked without pain for 14 years – until he made the decision to have a below-the-knee amputation. Innovative local company, Blatchford, provide Jamie with his prosthetic Blade XT, which aided Jamie, along with his steely determination, to complete the Destination Basingstoke Half Marathon 2019 in 02:39:57, whilst also helping his best friend to cross the finish line for her first ever Half Marathon.

Now a motivational speaker and professional athlete, Jamie is also ranked second in the World in Judo (adaptive category). He has completed over 70 Tough Mudder events – as well as the World’s Toughest Mudder – a 24-hour endurance race in the US. He also completed the London Landmarks Half Marathon.







Eleanor Hatswell

Eleanor Hatswell came out of retirement at 83-years-old to do the Great Ocean Road 5km run this year, after her son Barry told her he was doing the marathon. Despite being a long-distance runner in her fifties, through to her seventies – Eleanor hadn’t run for 11 years! Her enthusiasm inspired the whole family to get involved – with three generations running together. “We all had the happiest time doing the Great Ocean Road Fun Run,” says Eleanor. “My son, Barry, wife – Sharyn and their girls Bree, Alex and Meggan and I all laughed the weekend away!”

An amazing achievement Eleanor (and family) – what an inspiration! A true iTAB Star!





Stephan and Chloe Couture

Stephan and Chloe Couture have not let Chloe’s cerebral palsy and visual impairment slow them down in any way, shape or form.  Both Stephan and Chloe have taken part in many endurance events with Stephan carrying, pushing or pulling Chloe.  Stephan is an amazing husband, father, athlete and a true inspiration to many.  Stephan and his wife Diane, founded the Ladybugs Trust to support other families who have children with disabilities.  Chloe absolutely delights in taking part in such events with Stephan including marathons, half marathons and triathlons.  There is no literally no stopping them and with the Ladybugs Trust motto being ‘Life’s too short not to!’, why should they?  Congratulations Stephan and Chloe, you are incredible iTAB Stars.


Tracey McKinlay

After beating breast cancer, Tracey completed the Great North Run 2018. What an inspiration for other women in a similar position – who deserves to be recognised as as an iTAB Star!  Congratulations Tracey! #thisgirlcan #beyourgreatest #everyracetellsastory


Amanda Ruprecht

Nominated by her close friend Melissa, Amanda overcame great adversity having suffered five major concussions over the years with each one being worse than the one before.  The last episode in March 2018, left Amanda unable to do any kind of physical activity for a while, so with the support of Melissa, they started to go on small walks together, which helped to improve Amanda’s condition.  The walks became short runs and Amanda and Melissa completed their very first 10K run together at the Toronto Waterfront in June 2018… amazing!  Amanda is an incredibly brave, strong, positive & determined individual who certainly deserves to be recognised as an iTAB Star!  Congratulations Amanda!


Marie and Gary Brazier

Marie and Gary are both fantastic iTAB Stars, having embarked on an amazing fund raising challenge in 2018, whilst continuing to juggle full-time work and looking after their children.  Their cause was to raise much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer and working together they have achieved over £6,500.00 so far!  Marie ran a great personal best at this year’s Manchester Marathon and also completed the Prudential 100 mile cycle ride, whilst Gary took part in one of the hottest London Marathons on record… phew!  Marie also volunteers at her local running club, taking her role of club welfare officer very seriously, dedicating her time to supporting and motivating new and existing runners.


San Ramon Valley Education Foundation

Here is Athena, one of the amazing iTAB Stars award winning teachers nominated by the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation.  Collectively 35 awesome teachers from 35 affiliated schools within the region of the San Ramon Valley were honoured as a ‘Shining Star’ for going above and beyond the call of duty.  This year we were thrilled to support the ‘Night with the Stars’ gala evening.  Athena, pictured with her iTAB Stars award, is a true team player and she is a phenomenal Health teacher who cares about her students and their learning.  As well as being an advocate for health, Athena works hard to ensure that all students who have a dream to attend college stay on track to achieve their goals.


Christopher Thaxton

We’re delighted to share Christopher’s amazing story.  In under one year, Christopher lost over 80lbs in weight and he set out on an incredible journey to run one race a month including a half marathon within 6 months of achieving his desired weight!  Christopher totally smashed his target time for his first half at the Cleveland Marathon event and he’s now motivated to complete around two races a month.  He’s also inspired others to grab their trainers and start running too.  Great work Christopher… keep on running!


Georgia & Dominic Bunning

To treasure the memory of their daughter Beatrice, Georgia and her husband Dominic have raised a lot of money for Tommy’s… £155,000.00.  Wow, this is an incredible achievement!  Georgia recruited a team of over 120 people to run as part of the amazing ‘Team Bea’ in memory of Beatrice at the LLHM 2018.  Congratulations and thank you Georgia and Dominic for everything you do!


Ben Delkoski

Ben founded the local chapter of MyTeamTriumph in Minnesota, he recruited volunteers & in only three years Ben grew the Twin Cities chapter from one to nine racing chairs.  With Ben’s enthusiasm & commitment, MyTeamTriumph has expanded to include a chapter in Duluth, Minnesota.  Ben is completely selfless taking care of everyone with a genuine interest & doing all of this 100% as a volunteer.  Well done Ben!


Russ Winn

Russ Winn “The COPD Athlete” was diagnosed with a chronic respiratory disease which affects him daily. Others might give up, but Russ doesn’t let his disease define him. He completed an Ironman and has since continued to compete in many events – he will be running Boston Marathon 2018. Russ is an inspiration to us all and a worthy iTAB Star! Well done Russ!


Robbie Newton

Robbie is a true inspiration having raised over a whopping £32,000 for charity since 2005 (and still raises funds), through various charity runs and other events.  Loving a challenge, he ran the 2017 London Marathon in a green morph suit!  Well done Robbie!


Emma Caswell

Emma represents all that is great about parkrun UK. As a regular runner and volunteer, Emma always provides fantastic support & encouragement with a huge smile, inspiring everyone around her at events such as the Woodley parkrun and the GutBuster. Such a fab role model and a worthy iTAB Star!


Eugene “Oggie” Winters

Meet Eugene “Oggie” Winters from Portstewart, who ran 102 marathons, the first being Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, in 365 days! Just one year! We wish Oggie lots of luck in his quest to become a world record breaker for running 64 marathons in sub 4 hours, for a man of his age (+60 years young)!  Oggie has motivated so many others and has raised lots of money along the way. A well deserving iTAB Star in our eyes!


Aitch Sea Jays

After a truly incredible journey, the Aitch Sea Jays swam the English Channel as a 2-female relay team in September 2017.  Helen and Hayley have so far raised an incredible amount, over £8,000 for the British Heart Foundation, and they swim in memory of their sister, Heather.  Well done ladies, you’re an inspiration!

iTAB Stars come in all shapes and sizes, and best of all, you can nominate who receives one.


At iTAB we are constantly amazed and inspired by the people and stories we witness daily working with events around the world. From the people who run their hearts out for charity, or those who inspire others to achieve their goals, to those heart-warming moments when one human being comes to the aid of another to get them over the finish line. We all know and love these stories. Now with iTAB Stars you can help celebrate these wonderful people.


If you know or have witnessed someone achieving something special at an event, then NOMINATE THEM TODAY for an iTAB Stars award. Take a look at some of the amazing iTAB Stars stories below or the list of suggested categories our award covers. To nominate someone simply email us at with a short explanation of why they inspired you. Each month we will select several stars from the nominations and send them an iTAB Stars award.

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